A friend and I stayed in Kathmandu for a week in November 2011. Due to being mostly booked out, we could only get 4 nights at Kantipur. The other two hotels were Shanker and the Hyatt. Of the three, which were all great in their own ways, Kantipur was by far our favourite. The fact it is eco conscious was a total bonus.
The atmosphere of Kantipur is truly special. The wonderful architecture, the tucked away location in the midst of the Thamel district, and the friendly, helpful staff, all made our stay now a very fond memory.
We did spend a lot of time in the courtyard when back at the hotel. It is an open yet private space with a mix of eastern and western charm. A local street cat has also made occasional residence here and we unashamedly coaxed her with remnants of our breakfast fry up, to the chagrin of the staff (though they never made a display, it was obvious it was not appreciated, and Nepalese have a very different view to Westerners and Europeans of cats as pets). She is a mother of many litters and apparently spends half her little life pregnant. Life is hard for all in Nepal including the street cats, and being the animal lovers we are, couldn't help wanting to help her.
Some people have mentioned that the lighting is bad. Even though the eating areas were low lit, the lighting in our room was more than adequate. We had several wall lamps in addition to the ceiling lights (I think I counted about ten all up), and the en suite was also well lit, and also well ventilated with ceiling fan and a window. The en-suite was also modern and the cleaners were impeccable every day.
The room was large and had a lounging bench at the window as well as a coffee table with comfort chairs. The window overlooked an inner courtyard, and just outside the door across the corridor was a view down to our favourite courtyard that we found solace in every day. We had to take a room with a king bed due to the hotel being almost totally booked out, and it was very comfortable.
The food was excellent. There was a wide variety of Nepalese, Indian, and continental dishes, and always, they were very good. We both have a taste for fine dining so have high standards, and could not fault the food.
The proprietor, Bharrat, was a polite and amiable gentleman, who spent time in sit down conversations with his guests to ensure they were enjoying themselves and being looked after. He was not invasive in any way, rather, attentive and genuinely interested, like a host attending to many friends and acquaintances at a large party.
Kantipur was a haven to return to after walking the frenetic streets of Kathmandu each day.
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- Also Known As:
- Kantipur Temple House Hotel Kathmandu
- Kantipur Temple Hotel
- Kantipur Temple Kathmandu